Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kiss of the Vampire by Cynthia Garner




Kiss of the Vampire (Warriors of the Rift, #1)  

Kiss of the Vampire by Cynthia Garner
First book in Warriors of the Rift Series
4 stars

Kiss of the Vampire follows a short, but intense period of time in Nix de la Fuente’s life. Nix is half-demon and struggles daily to keep it a secret from her human cop-coworkers. She works as a human liaison and is working a case where vampires are being viciously murdered. Then her ex, Tobias Caine, walks onto the crime scene and says that he’s working the case with her. Nix and Tobias dated for five years and she still hasn’t fully got over him. Tobias doesn’t want to get in to a relationship with Nix again, because it could release her demon and make her go crazy.
I bought this book when I was browsing through Walmart and hoping to go home with a good romance novel and this happened to be the only somewhat-interesting-looking one they had. I wasn’t really captivated by the back description. In fact, I was confused and I’m sure my face looked somewhat like this

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when I was reading the description. So, I reluctantly picked it up and I was surprised that I actually liked what was going on. The concept was interesting and different from most paranormal books. The characters were interesting, but they didn’t captivate and I would easily become distracted.

The main female character, Nix, was OK. Just OK. She didn’t make me OMG she’s totally kick-ass or Awww I feel so bad for her. And her whole I’m a half-demon dilemma started to get tiring after hearing for about 600 times. Her relationship with Tobias was bland and I wouldn’t have guessed there was sexual tension, or supposed to be, unless the writer told me. I didn’t really think Nix loved him as much as she claimed she did. Nix wasn’t a captivating character for me, but maybe I’ll be more captivated with the next book.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 5

Tobias didn’t make my jaw drop or heart race either. Which is too bad because I was hoping to be swept off my feet at least for a little while. Tobias is a vampire. *GASP* A vampire and a half-demon dating?!? Yep, Tobias is a vampire and apparently madly in love with Nix. Again I didn’t feel that love or tension at all through Tobias’s POV, but we can’t all get what we want. Anyhow I liked Tobias slightly more than Nix, but I didn’t feel like we got any background information on him. We got a little bit on Nix, but hardly any on him. I think that’s sad because I want to read about his tortured time before he went through the Rift.

How this book should've made me feel:
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Swoon Worthy Scale: 5.5

Dante was my favorite character and his book is next in the series.

Character Scale: 7

You’re probably really confused because I mention something called the Rift. Here’s a brief explanation of what the Rift is.
The Rift- an opening between dimensions where undesirables from another dimension are stripped of their bodies and left in spiritual form. They are forced to take on a host (ex. vampires take on a dead body to function).
So now you get what I mean when I say it’s a pretty cool concept. I mean vampires that are actually aliens and I think that’s pretty cool.

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For the first half of the book, I was bored. It dragged a little bit too much, but about 30% in it started to pick up. I thought the writer did a good job for this being a debut novel, but it could have been better. Hopefully the next book will make me a fan of her writing.


Cover Thoughts: The guy’s eyes scare me. I’m pretty sure the guy is Tobias, but that’s not how I pictured him to look. I like the cover and it captivated me enough to buy it, since I had no clue what this book was about, so I think it’s not half bad.

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